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Asperger's Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder that affects nonverbal communication. Children with Asperger's Syndrome often have difficulties with transitions, reading nonverbal cues and body language, and may exhibit social isolation or unusual behavior. Guests: Dr. Kathryn Stewart, PhD, clinical psychologist and Executive Director of the Orion Academy Asperger's NLD High School and author of A Parent's Guide: Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger's Disorder, and...
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Did you know that you could get your children on the road to reading simply by reading aloud to them every day? Tune in as Rona and her guests discuss wonderful ways to help your child fall in love with learning. Guests: Janell Flores, Director of San Francisco's Raising a Reader program, and Hildegarde Ayer, Executive Director of the Lee Pesky Learning Center and co-author of the new book Every Child Ready to Read.
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Our kids are exposed to an "adult" world long before they are ready to be. This show concerns the proliferation of media, their powerful impact on children, and how parents can take back control. Guest: James P. Steyer teaches at Stanford University, founded Children Now, and is the CEO and Chairman of Families Interested in Responsible Media (FIRM), which provides tools and resources to parents who want to take back control of media in their lives.
Your child may be smart, creative, and perceptive and also be challenging-impulsive, active, distractable. There are many causes for these problems, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is only one possibility. Guest Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, founder of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Massachusetts.
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Exposing young children to music and dance can help them learn to express themselves, communicate their feelings, interact with the world, and have fun. Guests: Asheba Wilson, musical storyteller, and Crystal Baik, co-coordinator of the Moving Parents and Children Together (MPACT) Program at Luna Kids Dance.
Regular, sound sleep from infancy onward allows for the healthy development and overall well being of children. When babies and young children have trouble sleeping, the whole family is affected. Many tired parents are confused about how to help their child self-soothe and sleep soundly. Join Rona and guest, Karen Pollak, Perinatal Educator and founder of www.babies2sleep.com, and Noelle Corchran, PsyD, sleep specialist and co-founder of Symbio, as they offer ideas for understanding sleep...
Toddlers grow and change with each day, in wonderful and sometimes challenging ways. As the parent or caretaker of toddlers, find out ways to calm outbursts and encourage healthy and happy development. Rona's Book Club discusses the DVD The Happiest Toddler on the Block with its creator, pediatrician and child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp, and Sadhna Gupta, Coordinator of Instructional Support with the Santa Clara County Office of Education Parkway Child Development Program.
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During the preteen years, ages 9 to 13, children experience numerous changes and transitions including the move from elementary to middle school. What can parents and teachers do to help preteens succeed in school with confidence and minimal stress? Guests: Denise Pope, PhD, Founder and Director of SOS: Stressed Out Students at Stanford University and author of “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students, Damion McNeil, History...
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As a part of our World Peace Begins at Home series, we'll focus on ideas for teaching children to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their families and communities. Join Nurse Rona and guests, Stephanie Agnew, parent education coordinator for Parents Place in San Mateo and a consultant in Palo Alto, Kathy Bauer, a parent educator at the Salinas Adult School Parent Center, and Dr. Marguerite Wright, PhD, the senior clinical and research psychologist at the Center for the...
In the preteen years, ages 9 to 13, children experience physical changes and a new awareness of their bodies and sexuality. What can parents and teachers do to ensure that preteens feel comfortable asking questions and talking about their concerns and experiences? Guests: Donna Carey, MD, pediatrician with Bay Area Pediatrics and Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, Cio Hernandez, MFT, Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner with the Teen Clinic of Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.
Some children are strong willed and like things to go their way. For many families, this leads to seemingly endless negotiations, and sometimes tantrums, about everything from eating vegetables to brushing teeth. Guests: Noel Janis-Norton, learning and behavior specialist internationally known for her unique Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting methods (www.calmerparenting.com), and Mary Jayne Sims, PhD, with the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Oakland Children's Hospital.
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It's common for young children to respond to frustration, fatigue, or denied demands by having tantrums. Whether it's in a store or at home, parents are put on the spot, often not knowing what to do. Guests: Janice Townsend, Child Development Educator at Los Medanos Community College, and Todd Erickson, Assistant Teacher at Bing Nursery School at Stanford University and parent educator with Hand in Hand.
Domestic violence impacts the lives of everyone in the family, and can be especially devastating to children. Adults need help to break the cycle of violence and children need support to heal from its effects. Guests: Devorah Levine, JD, Coordinator of Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence, and Debra Milinsky, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker with Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center.
As more and more children attend pre-school, childcare providers and parents need to keep the social, emotional, and cultural needs of young children in mind. Guests: Karen Blinstrub, Executive Director of Child, Family and Community Services, Inc., and Dr. Paula Moten-Tolson of Safe Passages and First 5 Contra Costa.
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Sensory Integration refers to the brain's ability to process information brought in by the senses. Sensory Integration issues manifest themselves in many different ways and can affect people's sensitivity to the world, motor skills, and speech and language development. Guests: Dr. Brad Berman, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, and Denise Killingsworth, Occupational Therapist.
Asthma affects over six million children in the United States, and the majority develop symptoms before the age of five. What factors contribute to the onset of asthma, and what can parents and teachers do to respond to and reduce asthmatic symptoms? Guests: Michael Cabana, MD, MPH, Director of the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, and Rose Qabazard, RN, Asthma Nurse Specialist for Oakland Unified School District.
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Anger is a normal emotion, but it can cause chaos and hurt when not understood and managed. Join Nurse Rona and guests, Sue Dinwiddie, MA, an author and parent educator with Parents Place, and Elizabeth Moffet, MFT, a therapist in private practice, to explore strategies you and your children can use to develop self-regulation and manage strong feelings to help everyone in the family.
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Creative play is essential to a child's development. Despite the benefits of play, increased attention to academics, enrichment activities, hurried lifestyles, and child targeted media have resulted in the decline of unstructured play. Guests: Susan Linn, EdD, co-founder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and author of the forthcoming The Case for Make-Believe, and Gina Moreland, Executive Director of Habitot Children’s Museum.
The stress of being a parent can lead to fights with your partner about money, chores, or the kids. Taking care of your relationship is important to the well-being of your family. Join Rona and guests, Joshua Coleman, PhD, parenting and relationship expert and author of The Marriage Makeover, and Rona's husband, Mick Renner, PhD, as they offer ideas for creating a healthy and happy environment for your family and give you tips for making-up after a fight.
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The process by which children learn language and acquire speech is complex. It's important for parents and caregivers to understand what's involved as children learn to express themselves in one or more languages. Guests: Henriette Langdon, EdD, CCC-SLP, Professor of Communicative Disorders and Sciences in the College of Education at San Jose State University, and Audra L. Elliott, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Director for Communication Works.
"Emotional health provides the foundation for success at school and in life. One of the most serious and under-recognized problems facing our nation is the failure to meet the emotional needs of our children." Dr. Gerald Newmark, PhD, author of How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting The Five Critical Needs of Children… And Parents Too! and Deborah Newmark, Executive Director of the Children's Project, and W. Robert Brunson, Unit Supervisor of Monterey County Children's...
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From Congressmen to world famous athletes infidelity seems to be highlighted in the media on a daily basis. How do you talk to your kids about this complex adult subject, especially when it hits close to home? Dr. Joshua Coleman, PhD, a relationship expert and the author of The Marriage Makeover, and Susan Berger, MFT, a psychotherapist, will join Nurse Rona to discuss the impact of extramarital affairs on children, whether they are secret or known. Children are more aware than we think.
A child's mental health and emotional development begins during the earliest years. Even very young children can face challenges in their ability to experience, regulate, and express emotions, form close and secure relationships, and process potentially traumatic events. What can we do to nurture the mental health of young children and what therapeutic options exist to respond to their struggles? Guests: Julie Kurtz, LMFT, Director of Mental Health at Kidango, and Barbara Ivins, PhD, Clinical...
In mindful parenting, parents learn that by enhancing their ability to pay attention and to go beyond children's surface behaviors, they are able to get to the heart of the matter and see their children with heightened compassion. It's also a great tool in understanding what triggers your strong reactions. Join Nurse Rona and guest, Lisa Griffin, one of the parent-founders of Present Moment Parenting, and Dr. Gina Hassan, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and mother, as they offer tips on...
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At some point all parents and caregivers have to toilet-train a young child. There are so many different methods that it can be tough to figure out what’s right for your child. For many families this can be a process that extends through years of nighttime wetness. Join Nurse Rona and guests: • Renee Mercer, a pediatric nurse practitioner and the author of Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness, • Helen Neville, a pediatric nurse, parent educator, and the author of Mommy! I Have to Go Potty.
During the preteen years, ages 9 to 13, children experience many physical and emotional changes. These transitions can be difficult and can put kids at risk for emotional distress and problems with disordered eating or weight gain. Guests: Pamela Carlton, MD, physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and co-author of Take Charge of Your Child's Eating Disorder, and Katherine Watson, PsyD, clinical psychologist at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center.
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Developing an awareness of your own experiences as a child can help you become a more connected parent. Guests: Daniel Siegel, MD, co-author of Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive, and Liz Kughn, MFT, Psychotherapist in private practice and with Marin County Community Mental Health Services.
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Each year more women are choosing to breastfeed because of its benefits for children and moms. Guests: Fritzi Drosten, Lactation Consultant at UCSF Children's Hospital Intensive Care Nursery and Kaiser Oakland Medical Center Family Care Unit, and Janet Vaughan, Lactation Consultant and Monterey County WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator.
There's a wide spectrum of child abuse that occurs every day in every neighborhood. When a child is mistreated either physically or verbally the consequences can last a life time. What do you consider child abuse? Join Rona and Dr. Marguerite Wright, the senior clinical and research psychologist at the Center for the Vulnerable Child, and Jane Smithson, an educator for mandatory child abuse reporters, for a compelling discussion about the differences between effective discipline and abuse.
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Being a mother is work. And in addition to parenting, more than half of all mothers in the United States are also a part of the nation's labor force. How can working moms balance work and family and get the support they need? Guests: Joan Blades, co-founder and President of MomsRising.org, and Alexia Nye Jackson, founder of MOTHER: THE JOB.
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There are many factors that contribute to the way we raise and interact with our children, including our cultural background and experience of the world. Guests: Alisi Fineasi, Ravenswood City School District Pacific Island Parent Specialist, and La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson, author, health educator, and CEO of BARUTI Enterprises.
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How do you respond when your young child asks where babies come from? What's the best way to talk to kids of all ages about sex? Guests: Robie Harris, author of It's Not the Stork, and Margaret Madams, Regional Director of Community Services and Education for Butte, Contra Costa and Napa Counties, Planned Parenthood: Shasta-Diablo.
Join Rona and her guests for a candid discussion about teens, sex, peer pressure, and the rise in sexual activity among teens in our communities. Guests: Margaret A. Madams, Director of Community Services and Education for Napa and Contra Costa counties, Planned Parenthood: Shasta-Diablo. Verna Springer is the Project Director for Teen Pregnancy Prevention with the Bay Area Community Resources (BACR).
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It's common for young children to respond to frustration, fatigue, or denied demands by having tantrums. Whether it's in a store or at home, these meltdowns can put parents on the spot, often not knowing if they should set limits, enforce discipline, or provide comfort. Join Nurse Rona and guest, Janice Townsend, a professor of Child Development at Los Medanos Community College, as they offer ideas for understanding and taming tantrums.
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A child's desire to read comes from being read to — your enthusiasm for stories and books will have a great influence on children. Since reading is a key component to educational development, parents will be interested to hear what our guests have to say about finding appropriate books and talking to kids about the books. Join Nurse Rona and guest Diane Frankenstein, author of Reading Together: Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read, to talk about how parents and...
Does your teen skip breakfast, wait until noon to eat, and wonder why he can't pay attention in the afternoon? Does your teenager moan when it's time to get up in the morning, yet stay up till midnight bonding with technology? Proper nutrition and sleep are critical for everyone, but teens are unique in their needs and habits. Join co-hosts Nurse Rona and Beth Samuelson, MA, of Student Organizational Services, and guests to discuss ways to ensure that teens are eating and sleeping properly so...
Your child's readiness for toilet training is dependent on their unique development. How do you know when the time is right and what's the best approach to getting your child out of diapers? Guests: Meg Zweiback, NP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and author of Keys to Toilet Training, and Marci Gomez, parent educator with Salinas Adult School.
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What fuels your toddler's tantrums or causes your four-year-old to want not to go to school? Understanding behavior is a key ingredient to effective and respectful discipline. Nurse Rona and guests will discuss some of the underlying meanings of behaviors and ways to respond. Join us with your questions and challenges: • Julie Kurtz, chief deputy director at FIRST 5 Santa Clara County. • Dr. Intisar Shareef, department co-chair and professor in the Early Childhood Education Department at...
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One of the core ways mothers express their love is by nourishing their children with food. Many factors contribute to the food we feed our kids, from cultural traditions to rising food costs. This Mother's Day, we explore the relationship between mothers, children, and food, and find inspiration in what mothers throughout the country are doing to ensure their children eat well every day, at school and at home. Guests: Amy Kalafa, producer of the documentary film Two Angry Moms, Karen Pertschuk,...
Starting at birth, your children will reach many milestones in how they play, learn, and speak. Developmental checkups are a great way to make sure that every young child is healthy and ready to learn and grow. Tune in when Nurse Rona, and her guest, Dr. Pamela Simms-Mackey, discuss developmental screening at regular doctor visits as a tool for early intervention.
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What is happiness? Is it joy, optimism, faith or confidence? In a world where we are constantly reminded of suffering and sadness, there are many things parents and teachers can do to nurture happiness in children. Join Rona and guests, Christine Carter, Executive Director of the Greater Good Science Center and Randy Taran, Founder and CEO of Project Happiness as they discuss how the power of positive thinking, gratitude, and connections to other people can inspire happiness in children and the...
Why are boys lagging behind girls academically? New data shows that boys have dropped behind in reading in every state; this problem seems to cut to the core of boys' difficulties keeping up in school. Additionally, struggling boys are twice as likely as girls to be suspended, and three times as likely face school expulsion. Join us as Nurse Rona and guests discuss how we can more effectively engage boys in school and motivate them to succeed. Guests: • Matt Foley, a coach at Student...
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When you're the parent of twins you quickly develop a multitude of parenting skills. Twins have different personalities, needs, and schedules, and each stage of development brings new rewards and challenges. Join Rona and guests, Stephen Harris, MD, pediatrician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and the father of twins, and Erin Grieb, Board Member of Mid-Peninsula Parents of Multiples and the mother of twins, as they discuss the experience of raising healthy, happy twins.
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Many people are unsure if their child has dyslexia or a learning difference. When a child is young these are often hidden disabilities that can go undetected until a child begins to struggle in school. The beginning of the school year marks a good time to develop a plan for learning more about your child's learning style and advocating for their education. Join Rona and guests as they discuss learning disabilities and dyslexia, and offer ideas so all children can receive the education they...
Teaching children how to manage money is not only an important life skill, but can also be a great way to teach responsibility. Join Nurse Rona and guests Kathaleen Miller, branch manager for Bank of the West, and Kathryn Price, senior vice president of Junior Achievement of the Silicon Valley, as they suggest ideas to teach saving, spending, and being charitable.
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Reading with children is one of the most important things you can do to prepare them for learning. Exploring stories helps children develop their language, critical thinking, and coping skills while instilling them with a love of reading that can last a lifetime. Guests: Lygia Stebbing, Program Director at Jumpstart, and Christy Estrovitz, Early Literacy Specialist with the San Francisco Public Library.
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Regular, sound sleep from infancy onward allows for the healthy development and overall wellbeing of children. When babies and young children have trouble sleeping, the whole family is affected. Many tired parents are confused about how to help their child self-soothe and sleep soundly. Join Rona and guest, Karen Pollak, perinatal and parent educator and founder of Babies2sleep.com, and Angelique Millette, PhDc, MFTt, a a parent coach, sleep consultant, as they offer helpful strategies for...
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Autism affects a growing number of children and families in our communities. How does an autistic child experience the world and what are the challenges that families affected by autism face? Guests: Kamran Nazeer, author of Send In The Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism, and Karen Kaplan, speech and language therapist and Executive Director of Oak Hill School.
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The transition between elementary and middle school can be hard for parents and kids: a new environment with multiple teachers, more school work, new friends and activities. Guests: Denise Pope, PhD, Founder and Director of SOS: Stressed Out Students at Stanford University and author of the book Doing School, and Shannon McFarland, Site Coordinator of The MYC (The Marin Youth Center).
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Regular, sound sleep from infancy onward allows for the healthy development and overall well-being of children. When babies and young children don't sleep, the whole family is affected. Guests: Dr. Rafael Pelayo, faculty member, practicing physician, and head of pediatric service at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders Clinic and a faculty member at the School of Sleep Medicine, and Vivian Sonnenberg, infant sleep consultant.
Understanding a child's behavioral style is a key ingredient to effective and respectful discipline. We'll discuss strategies such as preparing a sensitive child for a new experience or helping an intense child calm down. Join three temperament experts, Nurse Rona Renner, Mary Kurcinka, author of Raising Your Spirited Child, and Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles, and Stephanie Agnew, a parent education coordinator at Parent’s Place in San Mateo County.
Tantrums, talking back, and sibling fights are behaviors that occur at every stage of a child's development. When parents are frustrated, they often yell at their children because they're not sure how to develop effective limits and responses. Yelling less and working toward a peaceful household is a great goal for the new year. Join Rona and a guest, Iris Bradford, education manager for Marin Head Start, as they discuss how you can create loving boundaries for your children and discipline with...
The stories we read and explore with our children become the basis of their understanding of the world by contributing to the development of their language, critical thinking, and coping skills. Guests: Janell Bolte, Founder and Director of San Francisco Raising a Reader, and Jacqueline Golding, psychologist and author of Healing Stories: Picture Books for the Big and Small Changes in a Child's Life.
During the preteen years (ages 9 to 13) a child's social world tends to take on new significance in their lives. As kids experience the physical and emotional changes of early adolescence, their friendships become increasingly important. Challenging relationships with friends and bullies, at school and online, can deeply impact a child's well-being. Guests: Dr. Tom Tarshis, MD, MPH, President and Medical Director of the Bay Area Children's Association, and Mandy Stracke, Lead Peer Advisory...
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There is an undeniable bond that can develop between fathers and sons. Fathers are the first role models most boys have for developing their identities as men. Join us for Father’s Day as Nurse Rona and guests discuss the relationship between fathers and sons: • Dr. Will Courtenay, “The Men’s Doc.” • Paul Kivel, author of Boys Will Be Men.
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Childhood is often thought of as synonymous with a time for imagination and play. Make-believe in early childhood has been linked to the development of creativity, critical thinking and even emotional regulation. Play is used in children's therapy for dealing with childhood issues as far reaching as stress, changing schools, and even death of a loved one. Yet, in an increasingly technological and commercialized era of toys, TV and pre-packaged dress-up, are we squelching imagination? Join Rona...
Spending time outdoors and in nature is essential for healthy child development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. Rona's Bookclub discusses the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Guests: Richard Louv, author and chairman of the Children and Nature Network, and Diane Gordon, Director of Children and Nature Programs for Hooked On Nature.
When a parent or a child has a mental illness, the whole family can be deeply affected. In spite of the fact that a wide range of treatments for mental illnesses exist, public attitudes remain largely negative and many people do not receive the mental health care they need. Guests: Stephen Hinshaw, PhD, Chair of the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley and author of The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change, and Kay Browne, MD, behavioral pediatrician with the...
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On average, preteens, ages 9 to 13, spend 1.5 to 2 hours on the Internet everyday. From television to text messaging to iPods to myspace, preteens today have a relationship with media and technology that affects their social and emotional lives. Guests: Rebecca Randall, Director of Outreach with Common Sense Media, and Larry Magid, KCBS Tech Analyst, creator of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com, and co-author of MySpace Unraveled: A Parent’s Guide to Teen Social Networking.
Early life events, including child abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and other emotional traumas, have dramatic and long-lasting effects on the overall health, social functioning, and well being of adults. Join Rona and guest, Dr. Vincent J. Felitti, MD researcher and clinician at Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in San Diego, CA, and Rhonda James, Executive Director of Community Violence Solutions, to reveal how the findings of his extensive research can positively impact...
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Young children are particularly vulnerable to toxins. The recent recall of various children's toys manufactured with lead paint reminds us how important it is for parents and teachers to understand the effects of toxicity in children's lives. Guests: Gina Solomon, Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council and Associate Director of the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, and Sharon Green, Community Development Specialist with the Alameda County Lead Poisoning...
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Non violent communication is about using compassion as motivation, rather than fear, shame, coercion, or punishment threats. For parents and caregivers, this set of communication skills can help you achieve your desired results using methods you will not regret later — by creating a quality connection that strives to meet everyone's needs. Join Nurse Rona and guests, Inbal Kashtan, co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (Bay NVC) and author of Parenting from Your Heart: Sharing the...
Tantrums, talking back, and sibling fights are behaviors that can occur at every stage of a child's development. When parents are frustrated they often yell at their children, because they're not sure how to develop effective limits and responses. Yelling less and working toward a peaceful household is a great goal for the new year. Join Rona and guest, Iris Bradford, Education Manager for Marin Head Start, as they discuss how you can create loving boundaries for your children and discipline...
This show is the fourth of a six-part series called Your Teen Matters: A Series for Navigating the Middle and High School Years. Teenagers struggle with homework assignments, test taking, and appropriate classroom behavior for many reasons. A certain percentage of teens will be diagnosed with a neurobiological disorder or a learning disability. When teens have ADHD they have to work hard to complete tasks and focus on their goals. Many students with ADHD also have other learning disabilities,...
No child should ever have to experience sexual abuse, nor keep their experience a secret. How can we protect our children and offer them safe environments in which to heal and grow? Guests: Shannon Riggs, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and author of the award-winning children's book Not in Room 204, and Rhonda James, Executive Director of Community Violence Solutions.
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Fathers are involved in their children's lives to differing degrees, and the relationships they have with their families affect the well-being of their children. There are stay-at-home dads, working dads, and fathers who are separated from their kids through divorce or other circumstances. Guests: Will Glennon, author of The Collected Wisdom of Fathers: Creating a Loving Bond that Lasts a Lifetime, and Patrisha Scott, Coordinator of The Reclaiming Fatherhood program with the San Mateo County...
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What’s your parenting style? Do you feel like a pushover, or have you been accused of being too strict? Some parents over-indulge their kids while others let them fend for themselves. What do you think children need? Join Nurse Rona and guest to discuss parenting styles and to explore the idea of middle ground parenting. • Karen Friedland-Brown, MA, is a child development specialist and director of Parents Place in Palo Alto and San Mateo. • Terri Khonsari, founder of the Great Parenting...
The loss of a parent in a child's life can affect every aspect of their experience of the world. How do children cope when a parent dies, and what can we do to support them and help them continue to grow and heal? Guests: Karen Flores, Mental Health Clinician with Kidango, and Linda Blachman, author of Another Morning: Voices of Truth and Hope from Mothers with Cancer.
We treat girls and boys differently starting at birth, from the things we buy for them to how we talk about gender. Although parents and caregivers may not intend to do it, girls are often subtly discouraged from displaying strength, smarts, and feistiness. Join in on this crucial conversation about how we raise girls, and what we can do to encourage their true individual natures. Also hear about a strong force to reckon with: the media. Guests: Lisa Izzi, founder and president of Girls Are...
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Get the scoop about poop and potty training. Rona and her guests Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, author of Toilet Training: The Brazelton Way, Meg Zweiback, Parents' Press columnist and author of Keys to Toilet Training and Belle Ross, award-winning director of Ross Learning Care in Pleasant Hill, discuss the toilet training process.
The role fathers play in their children's lives varies with each family. Whether a dad lives with a child full time or is a noncustodial parent, the connection between father and child affects that child's well-being. Guests: Jim Rossi, Executive Director of the Foundation of Family Values, and James Ricks, Support Group Leader with Family Resource Network.
Between television, computer games, social networks, and their friends, it can seem like some preteens have little time for anything else. How do the media and their computer-time choices affect their self- esteem, decision making, and social relationships? Join Rona and guests, Rebecca Randall, Director of Outreach at Common Sense Media, and Erika Padilla-Morales, a Digital Teachers' Coach and In-School Program Director for Streetside Stories, as they offer ideas on how to check-in on your...
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Children are naturally curious about the world around them and the way things work. By making science fun for kids we can nurture their inquisitive minds and encourage their learning. Guests: Chris Giorni, founder of Tree Frog Treks, and Elina Wong, author of Kids' Adventures Around San Francisco Bay.
Early adolescence is a time when young people's bodies start to change. There is a great deal of pressure from the media and peers to be thin or look sexy. Sometimes preteens act out insecurities about their bodies in the form of cutting or eating disorders, or they might experience depression or anxiety. As a child's body begins to develop, it's important to encourage their self-esteem, confidence, and a positive body image. Join Rona and guest, Dr. Joan Valente, an Assistant Professor at...
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In 1998, First 5 California and 58 County Commissions were developed throughout the state to work towards improving the lives of children ages 0-5 years old. First 5's programs are designed to ensure that more children are healthy at birth and beyond, are raised in nurturing homes, and are offered the social, emotional, and academic tools to succeed in school. Guests: Mark Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of First 5 Alameda County, Sean Casey, Executive Director of First 5 Contra Costa, Laurel...